Placing your drums in the middle of your living room is not necessarily a good idea. Yes, it's the most beautiful, but it's better to dedicate a room to it, just for it. Otherwise, big problems with your neighbors and your cohabitants are to be expected at the first blow of the cymbal! It is therefore preferable to install your acoustic drum kit in a room with good soundproofing, from floor to ceiling, not forgetting the walls. Many insulating materials are proposed on the market, more or less expensive... Did you know the great time of the cellars covered with egg boxes? Nostalgia, when you hold us...
Yes, insulating the floor of your room is very important, at least under your set. Indeed, the floor acts as a sound mirror! A carpet is highly recommended to reduce the bouncing effect of the sound and also to prevent the bass drum from slipping with each hit. The claws of the feet and the pedal of your bass drum will be able to catch in the thickness of the carpet or rug. An old carpet or a carpet not too thick, with a short pile, will do perfectly well!
The layout of the elements
In the center, between your legs, the snare drum, roughly at knee height when you are sitting. Trigger on the left. After that, it's all a matter of habit and preferences in terms of snare height, tilt, etc. Some drummers tilt their snare drum towards the bass drum, often those who play in the "drum" position, others play flat, others still prefer to play the snare drum tilted towards them... it's all a question of playing style, feeling, experience, personal research.
In the center, on the floor, the bass drum, slightly off center to play at ease according to the opening of the right foot, in line with the right leg. Not too close, not too far away, the middle ground, to be adjusted according to one's ideal playing position, at the right distance adapted to each one. Here again, do your own experiments to feel the differences and find your perfect position.
Above the bass drum, the toms. They are traditionally placed from highest to lowest, from left to right. There's no need to place it too high, just hold your arm horizontally with the drumstick in hand to determine your ideal drum tom height and the appropriate slope. You will refine their position as you play, according to your feelings.
The floor tom (or bass tom) is placed on the floor, to the right of the bass drum, within reach of the drumsticks, at the same height as the snare drum, slightly tilted towards you or completely flat, depending on your taste.
The hi-hat is placed in the extension of your left leg and foot. The height of the cymbals should be adjusted according to your playing, generally at 15/20 cm from the circle of your snare drum, but this is not a rule. It is important that your playing in the cross position is easy and fluid, this is the element that determines the right height.
Cymbals, like toms, are positioned from left to right from highest to lowest. The Crash Cymbal is positioned on the left, above the alto tom, the second crash above the medium tom, the ride above the bass tom, slightly ahead of the tom.
Right or left handed ?
Yes, depending on whether you are right or left handed, the drums are not set up the same way. In fact, it's the opposite! A left-handed installation is the same as a right-handed installation but seen in a mirror. Everything on the left is on the right, the toms and cymbals go from high to low from the right to the left...